[Funcurve Review] "Madame Antoine" 2016/06/11,
"Madame Antoine"'s quaint charm kept me hooked from the very first episode. We have our heroine, the quaint bohemian-styled cafe owner Ko Hye-rim (Han Ye-seul), who claims that her body is the host of French Queen Marie Antoinette's ghost. She thereby cons people by reading their future; where she lacks in psychic she makes up for it with sharp observations and a great hunch. Our hero, Choi Soo-hyeon (Seong Joon), is a professor who specializes in women's psychology and hails from the famous university of Stanford. Their lives become tangled with each other after Soo-hyeon moves in upstairs from Hye-rim's cafe,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 16 Final 2016/03/12,
At long last "Madame Antoine" reaches the true form of Soo-hyeon's bad psychological attitude. It ends up being about his...dad. Wait, his dad? Have we even seen Soo-hyeon's dad up until now? I can barely even recall the man being discussed, yet now all of a sudden he's the villain upon whom we can safely blame every single problem. Even when a flashback eventually justifies this sentiment, I was caught a little off guard when right in the middle of a meal Soo-hyeon starts unloading following some very slight provocation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 15 2016/03/11,
Soo-hyeon gets his just desserts as Hye-rim finally (apparently) gives up on him. It's legitimately really hard to feel bad for the leading man here given that he's been begging for this treatment for pretty much the drama's entire run. Ironically enough, his main sympathetic moment here comes courtesy not of Hye-rim, but rather his mother. While it's easy to feel sympathetic to her in the present day, as Soo-hyeon points out, her actions caused some pretty huge psychological issues that can't simply be ignored,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 14 2016/03/05,
Another episode, another lecture on the importance of the experiment, another thinly-veiled revenge scheme that just comes off as psychologically unhealthy. Ironic, given how once upon a time the main high concept of "Madame Antoine" was a pretense toward somewhat serious psychological discussion. The main comfort at this point is that with two episodes left, there isn't really that much more erratic behavior to endure between Hye-rim and Soo-hyeon. Even if the preview hints at things going a tad too far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 13 2016/03/04,
For all Soo-hyeon's ominous voiceovers, it turns out that he doesn't really know what to do at this point with his hopelessly flawed study. I'm not sure, by the way, why the lynchpin for all this is a very specifically designed video. I always assumed that the clip we saw from the first episode was that woman's own personal spontaneous declaration of love, not the outcome of a very awkward sounding request. Even if Hye-rim wasn't familiar with the previous experiment Soo-hyeon discusses the request in a way that always sounds really suspicious,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 12 2016/02/27,
There are moments when "Madame Antoine" actually manages to be pleasant enough to be passable romantic comedy material. Ji-ho's obsessing over Yoo-rim is absolutely adorable, and the sheer absurdity of the visuals over their meeting in the cafe was a delight in and of itself. But time and again we're dragged back into reality and I'm forced to remember that the actual lead characters go through these horribly dramatic mood swings over the most trivial topics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 11 2016/02/26,
There's a great scene this episode where Ji-ho, apparently having changed his borderline autistic mind about which women he can like, attempts to start again with Yoo-rim. But Yoo-rim just gets angry at him. Why? Beause Ji-ho is borderline autistic and has been disregarding her feelings for pretty much the entire drama up until now. Yoo-rim behaves like any normal, sensible person would when faced with an obviously manipulative suitor. And that makes me wonder- why can't Hye-rim act like that? Are she and Soo-hyeon really going to go back and forth on who's really lying for the entire drama?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 10 2016/02/20,
Having finally obtained concrete information on Soo-hyeon's experiment, Hye-rim has to decide whether to attack quickly or slowly. Once she's made that decision, we're then treated to more of the usual doubting about whether Soo-hyeon is really that bad a guy or if there are some emotional truths mixed in with all the logical lies. This leads up to a cliffhanger where Hye-rim is surprised to learn information I thought she already knew, the next follow-up stage being more wackiness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 9 2016/02/19,
It's hard to take Hye-rim and Soo-hyeon's lovey dovey scenes all that seriously considering that Soo-hyeon is still conducting his mostly unscientific experiment. Why he's even bothering with that pretense at that point isn't clear- I'm pretty sure that for all the problems uncovered so far, taking an MRI test at the subject's demand seems pretty useless. This much is especially true considering that Hye-rim obviously has the ability to manipulate the results for whatever arbitrary outcome she wants,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 8 2016/02/13,
Soo-hyeon's insistence on rationalizing all of his actions in context of the experiment is seeming less like anything resembling a pretense of science and more a weird psychological fixation. He gives Hye-rim a major passionate kiss, and when she finallys recovers enough of her senses to fight him off, right away Soo-hyeon is back in defensive mode. That means more lying, mixed in with barely enough truth to be persuasive in the face of of Hye-rim's immediate inquisition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 7 2016/02/12,
Extended focus on the somewhat shaky premise of "Madame Antoine" has forced me to admit that Soo-hyeon's obsession with the experiment is a tad nonsensical, and the more he explains his reasons the less coherent the story's overall thrust sounds. Soo-hyeon's reasons for continuing the experiment simply aren't all that persuasive, and I find myself wondering why "Madame Antoine" even bothers with that angle when the production is obviously a classically styled romantic comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 6 2016/02/06,
Yoo-rim (played by Hwang Seung-eon) is Hye-rim's younger sister and I'm spotlighting her this time because she's the main character who tries to do something different this episode by being sneaky like a normal person instead of a psychic / psychological genius. It's lucky for her that Ji-ho is so fantastically ignorant he'll entertain any ridiculous proposal she comes up with just for the sake of science. Personally I suspect someone put pressure on the production team to work more kisses into the story somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 5 2016/02/05, Seong Joon is really good in the lead role here. Note how it's always (mostly) easy to tell whether or not Soo-hyeon is actually being sincere, and the main times there's ambiguity is when Soo-hyeon himself isn't totally sure what's going on. The only times Soo-hyeon is able to get Hye-rim's guard down is when he's making mistakes. His increasingly complicated lies just come off as increasingly suspicious. Besides, the premise of Soo-hyeon's experiment doesn't even make sense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 4 2016/01/30,
Most romantic comedies sublimate sexual tension into some kind of other non-gendered competition. "Madame Antoine" does the exact opposite. Soo-hyeon intentionally courts Hye-rim in the most weirdly unnecessary confrontational way possible. While Soo-hyeon is in theory running a scientific experiment, he interprets any intermediate results of the experiment very personally. As much as Soo-hyeon thinks in terms of petty revenge, he's really looking at a much more terrifying prospect- the notion that he is not the smartest man in the room,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 3 2016/01/29,
Hye-rim, being a generally observant woman, has little trouble cutting to the center of Soo-hyeon's scheme. Unfortunately, while Hye-rim is able to identify Soo-hyeon as the source of all the weird stuff that happened last episode, she's genuinely at a loss as to why Soo-hyeon would engage in such bizarre activities. What's more, because Seung-chan (played by Jinwoon) and Ji-ho (played by Lee Ju-hyeoung) are somewhat more naturalistic in their approach, Hye-rim is completely incapable of grasping the big picture,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 2 2016/01/23,
It would seem that Soo-hyeon has made it his mission to teach Hye-rim a lesson. Not in the literally helpful way of better explaining psychology, but in the metaphorical sense of humiliating her. Soo-hyeon isn't just evil- he's petty evil, and his weirdly obsessive attitude is creepy, simplistic, and most gallingly of all, anti-scientific. Experiments, even obviously unethical ones, work best with subjects who don't know what's happening to them. For a laywoman, Hye-rim is actually pretty knowledgable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 1 2016/01/22,
Soo-hyeon (played by Seong Joon) is a psychologist with an appallingly bad attitude. His scientific experiments are highly unethical, and to what end? So he can prove that love isn't real. Enter Hye-rim (played by Han Ye-seul), a fortuneteller who rather transparently uses cold reads to scam anyone who walks into her parlor. Yet Hye-rim is consistently able to make her patrons feel good about themselves- a fact which Soo-hyeon finds offensive, since the whole point of psychology is to make people appreciate their own depressed miserable existence,...More
2AM Attracts 6,000 Japanese Fans 2012/04/24, Source,
The four-member group 2AM held an event to commemorate the release of their second single in Japan entitled "You wouldn't Answer My Calls" four times with around 6,000 fans at Stella Ball in Tokyo on April 22.
The tickets for the event were included in their album on which the faces of each member was printed, and the event with various programs received a favorable response,...More
Jinwoon reveals his home 2012/03/07, Source,
The home of 2AM's Jinwoon (Jeong Jin-woon) was exposed.
MBC "Radio Star" MCs asked Jeong Jin-woon if the rumors about his 331 square kilometer home in Cheongdam-dong, complete with a personal practice studio, were true,...More
'Dream High Season 2' To Begin 2012/01/19, Source,
"Dream High 2" will air its first episode on January 30.
The KBS drama "Dream High", which gained great popularity, will air its second season under the title of "Dream High 2" from January 30. Many idol stars will appear as the cast members like the first season, but it will present a different storyline featuring confrontation between the students at Kirin Art School. The previous season mainly presented how the young students at Kirin Art School developed their dreams of becoming stars, but the second season will mainly deal with the confrontations between students who have already become stars and students who want to become stars,...More
S. Korean Singer "G.NA" in NYC 2011/11/14, Source,
Korean-Canadian singer "G.NA" showed her near perfect body in a recent photoshoot held in New York City.
Gina Choi (최지나), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Korean Canadian singer under Cube Entertainment, born on Sept. 13, 1987. She released her first mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/04/06, Source, Show transcript
: Next we have our corner of , where we will take a look at the news that have heated up the entertainment industry during the week!
: Here in the studio, we have our one and only Lee Dami in the studio. Hi dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi 건영 and Sean! Today we have lots of news about stars this week, including the beautiful Ha-Jiwon at a commercial shoot and the Hallyu singin sensation Younha telling us about her first role in a movie. We're also going to meet up with the four fabulous members of 2AM. Hope you guys are excited! Now without further a do, let's take a look,...More
2AM performs final show of solo concert over the weekend 2010/12/27, Source,
Korean ballad group 2AM performs the final show of their solo concert "Saint o'clock" on December 26. [Big Hit Entertainment]
Korean ballad group 2AM held the final show of their first-ever solo concert over the weekend, attracting some 4,000 fans to their show.
The quartet kicked off their concert titled "Saint o'clock" with song "You Didn't Answer My Call" held at Korea University's Hwaseong Tiger Dome on December 26, followed by their other hits including "No More", "Cause You Say No", "To Love Again", "Confession of a Friend" and "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die",...More
2AM In The Top 20 The Most Often In 2010 2010/12/06, Source, One of the most representative music sites in Korea, Melon, took at a look at the past year to see which artists were included in the top 20 on their charts the most often. The verdict,...More
2AM album nabs No. 1 spot on Singapore music chart 2010/12/01, Source,
Korean idol group 2AM's first full-length album "Saint O'clock" has taken the No.1 spot on a weekly chart in Singapore for two weeks.
Big Hit Entertainment, 2AM's producer and promoter, announced in its press release on Wednesday that the album has been taking the lead on the weekly K-POP/J-POP chart of global record retailer HMV in Singapore from November 14 to 27, as well as the top spot on the same chart for major record store CD-RAMA,...More
2AM album grabs No. 1 spot on Taiwan music chart 2010/11/24, Source,
Korean ballad group 2AM's first full-length album "Saint o'clock" has landed on the No. 1 spot on a music chart in Taiwan.
The website for the prestigious G-Music chart showed Wednesday that 2AM's latest album "Saint o'clock" topped its weekly K-J POP chart as of November 18, just a week after the album's release in the country on November 12,...More
On the set of Mnet's weekly music show "M! CountDown" 2010/11/05, Source,
2AM members Jinwoon and Jo Kwon sing on cable music channel Mnet's "M! CountDown" at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea on October 28, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
It was finally the day the press conference for this year's Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) took place and the day the nominees for the show would be announced as well. That is why cable music channel M! CountDown which took place on October 28 took place under the name "2010 MAMA Special". Through a pre-recorded clip, 2PM member Nichkhun introduced the various categories artists would be recognized in at the 2010 MAMA and on stage, Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Chansung talked about how they would react should they win an award,...More
2AM to launch singing career throughout Asia 2010/10/28, Source,
2AM [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Korean ballad group 2AM will officially launch their singing career in eight Asian countries next month, joining a line of K-pop artists who have branched out into the international music markets.
The news came yesterday during the group's showcase introducing their first full-length album "Saint o'clock" to local and foreign media at the AX-Korea hall in Seoul, when member Seulong spoke about the group's upcoming activities overseas,...More
2AM to release first full-length album on Oct 26 2010/10/08, Source,
Korean boy band 2AM (from left to right): Jinwoon, Jo Kwon, Changmin and Seulong [Official 2AM website]
Korean boy band 2AM will release their first full-length album this month, according to the official website of the boy's record producer and promoter Big Hit Entertainment on Friday.
Record producer Bang Si-hyuk (also known as Hitman Bang) posted a message on the website, revealing plans regarding 2AM's upcoming album release on October 26,...More
K-pop idols to perform at summer concert next month 2010/07/30, Source,
Poster for "Brand New Concert - Burning Day!!" [Asia Bridge Contents]
A number of Korean idols are set to perform at a summer concert in August, according to the concert's promoter Asia Bridge Contents on Friday.
Asia Bridge Contents announced in a press release that K-pop groups 2AM, Brown Eyed Girls, BEAST, Kara and T-ara will take to the stage of the "Brand New Concert - Burning Day!!" to be held at the Olympic Park Stadium in Seoul on August 20,...More
miss A, 2AM to perform at 2PM concert next weekend 2010/07/22, Source,
K-pop girl band miss A [JYP Entertainment]
Korean pop groups 2AM and miss A will be performing as musical guests at labelmate 2PM's Seoul concert next weekend, according to their agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Thursday.
"2AM and miss A gladly offered to be performing guests at 2PM's first concert despite their busy schedules", JYPE said in a press release. "Both groups are congratulating 2PM's significant first concert from the bottom of their hearts, and they will present the best opening performances for the audience",...More
Eight K-pop idols to host Mnet music show 2010/02/17, Source,
Idol group 2PM member Nichkhun [10Asia]
Eight Korean pop idols -- namely Nichkhun, Junho, Chansung (of 2PM), Jo Kwon, Jinwoon (2AM), Kang Min-hyuk (C.N.Blue), Lee Joon and G.O (MBLAQ) -- have been selected to host cable music channel Mnet's weekly music show starting Thursday.
Mnet explained yesterday that the popular idol group members -- newly nicknamed "MCD GUYZ" -- will team into groups of three or fours and take turns co-hosting popular music show "M countdown" each week.,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
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